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South African coal supply to fall off coal cliff from 2025 onwards – Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago South African coal supply is set to fall off a coal-cliff from 2025 onwards, African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones said on Monday. In response to Mining Weekly, Jones cited the three main factors that would cause South African coal supply to plummet as: 

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 The White House document on revitalising American manufacturing and fostering broad-based economic growth pays particular attention to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of manganese, and to manganese as a potential preferred battery element contender, Mining Weekly can today report.... 

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender
Photo by Creamer Media
The White House on building supply chains.

Anglo sinking more into safety following report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th June 2021 Diversified major Anglo American has committed a A$5-million underground mining research fund, following the release of the Coal Mining Board of Inquiry’s final report on the safety of the Grosvenor coal mine, in Queensland. Anglo American in April this year re-entered the underground workings... 

Electrification, digitalisation and automation to increase mines safety and productivity

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2021 South African mines wanting to drive greater operational safety, productivity and sustainability, as well as increase mine life, should tap into electrification, digitalisation and automation, says engineering company ABB South Africa process industries division manager John Manuell. From a... 

Silver Lake reports fatality at Daisy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2021 Operations have been suspended at the Daisy complex, in Western Australia, after a contractor died in an underground incident, miner Silver Lake Resources reported on Thursday. The company said that an investigation into the circumstances of the Macmahon employee was under way and that the... 

Regenerative coal mining crucial part of just transition to green economy – Bevan Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2021 A shift to “regenerative mining” of coal reserves is a crucial part of a solution to a greener, cleaner future, said African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones on Wednesday. Jones, a former commodity trader at Macquarie and Rand Merchant Bank, who cofounded the global coal market in London in the... 

Regenerative coal mining crucial part of just transition to green economy – Bevan Jones
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones

South Africa accounts for half of ICMM members' mining fatalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2021 A latest safety performance report by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) finds that South Africa had the highest fatality rate last year, accounting for 50% of all fatalities globally. The country recorded 22 fatalities from 422-million hours worked. 

South Africa accounts for half of ICMM members' mining fatalities

SSC Group claims legal victory with high court ruling on business rescue of Lily, Barbrook mines 

By: Donna Slater     7th June 2021 SSC Group, a bidder and creditor for the Lily and Barbrook mines in Barberton, which both remain under business rescue, says “truth and justice” have been won with a court judgment that was handed down by the Mpumalanga High Court on May 31, which it says found that the behaviour and actions of... 

Union says latest unrest at RBM may be final nail in the coffin

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2021 Trade union Uasa has expressed concern about the dangerous situation prevailing at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), in KwaZulu-Natal, calling for decisive action from President Cyril Ramaphosa, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, the police and provincial government. The union... 

Ivanhoe reports fatal accident at Kamoa-Kakula mine in Congo

By: Reuters     4th June 2021 Ivanhoe Mines on Friday reported a fatal accident at its Kamoa-Kakula joint venture in Democratic Republic of Congo, which started producing copper concentrate last week. The accident occurred underground at the Kakula mine, Ivanhoe said in a statement, when a contractor's employee was hit in the... 

Mantashe speaks out about RBM GM’s murder

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has convened a meeting with senior executives of Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), following the fatal shooting of the mine’s GM Nico Swart on May 24. The Minister was joined by members of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, including Premier... 

Aid critical amid unstable climate

By: Nadine Ramdass     4th June 2021 Dual-listed Gemfields Mining subsidiary Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM) – a joint venture (JV) with Mozambique-registered company Mwiriti – has prioritised humanitarian services amid insurgent attacks and illegal mining in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, in Mozambique. “Since the incidents of... 

Aid critical amid unstable climate
MRM made 500 bulk kits with basic food products available for distribution

Sustainability report shows positive progress

4th June 2021 Mineral sands miner Kenmare’s 2020 Sustainability Report, published in April, shows the company met its first public sustainability targets last year and provides illuminating information on its sustainability actions. The company, which operates the Moma titanium minerals mine in Mozambique,... 

Sustainability report shows positive progress
MICHAEL CARVILL The sustainability report is a natural progression for Kenmare

Minerals Council, unions commit support to get industry employees vaccinated

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd June 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa and labour unions have urged all industry employees to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity to do so. The labour unions – the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa –... 

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2021 Price hotness is pervading the commodities market, CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna said on Tuesday, when she addressed the second and final day of the Junior Indaba. Speaking on ‘what’s hot and what’s not’, Hanna said almost all commodities were at the higher-than-15% level. (Also watch attached... 

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba
CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna at Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2021 South Africa, which has the wherewithal to provide the value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials that the world’s electric vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) want, is being seriously considered for the role, NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba said on Monday.... 

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource
NextSource President and CEO Craig Scherba interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

NUM urges expedited vaccine rollout, says workers must have choice

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed concern about the prevalence of Covid-19 infections at workplaces in the mining industry, but says it remains up to employees to choose or refuse consent to the vaccination progress. The union is sending a clarion call in support of an... 

AngloGold locates body of missing miner at Obuasi mine; operations remain suspended

By: Donna Slater     31st May 2021 JSE- and NYSE-listed gold miner AngloGold Ashanti reports that the body of a mining contractor at its Obuasi mine, in Ghana, was found on May 29, following a fall-of-ground incident in one of the stopes of the operation on May 18. The body was found by mine rescue teams and a thorough... 

Newly elected Minerals Council office bearer vaccinated

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2021 Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp, who was elected a Minerals Council South Africa VP on Wednesday, braved Thursday’s early morning chill to receive his Covid-19 vaccination at the Medscheme Health Facility in Florida, Roodepoort. Steenkamp, 62, qualified to do so in terms of the Department of Health’s... 

Newly elected Minerals Council office bearer vaccinated
Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp receiving his Covid-19 vaccination at the Medscheme Health Facility in Florida, Roodepoort.

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMRE) and Minerals Council South Africa have established a task team to promote exploration, outgoing Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. The exploration task team, Mgojo said during his address to the council’s 131st annual general... 

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo
Minerals Council South Africa AGM covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

AngoGold halts mining at Obuasi until incident investigation concludes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2021 JSE-listed AngloGold Ashanti has advised that underground mining activity remains suspended at the Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, following a fall-of-ground incident on May 18. The company on May 26 confirmed that mine rescue teams continue to search for a missing miner who was drawn down into... 

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The board members of Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday elected the first female president in 131 years. New president Nolitha Fakude, a former Minerals Council VP who is the chairperson of Anglo American South Africa, said she would be focusing on ensuring that mining contributes... 

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

Monument reports Covid cases at Malaysia mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2021 Canadian gold producer Monument Mining has temporarily shut down its Selinsing gold mine, in Malaysia, after three employees tested positive for Covid-19. Personnel with direct contact have been placed in quarantine and the company says it has notified health authorities. 

South Africans right to be very proud of country’s iron-ore – IMR  

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2021 South Africans are well within their rights to be very proud of the iron-ore that is produced in the country. That is the view of Sedibeng Iron Ore CEO Aneesh Misra, who is also MD of IMR South Africa. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

South Africans right to be very proud of country’s iron-ore – IMR
Sedibeng Iron Ore CEO Aneesh Misra interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Miners to focus on carbon reduction, community support and health & safety – GIBB

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2021 Despite the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the issues of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, improving health and safety and creating value for surrounding communities require urgent and ongoing attention, says multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy GIBB mining division MD... 

RBM confirms death of GM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2021 Mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has confirmed that its operational services GM Nico Swart was fatally shot on his way to work on May 24. The company says Swart sustained injuries after the shooting incident, and it is offering all the necessary support, counselling and... 

Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2021 Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday when trading of the shares of Nouveau Monde Graphite begin on the New York Stock Exchange. There is no half measure with Nouveau Monde Graphite chairperson and Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Frandsen when it comes to... 

Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday
Pallinghurst Group managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2021 The number of private vaccination sites will need to be ramped-up aggressively in the coming weeks if South Africa is to reach the daily inoculation tempo of 192 000 required by the start of June to position the country to consume the millions of vaccine doses that have been secured for its... 

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule

Search still under way for missing mineworker at AngloGold's Obuasi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2021 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti says an employee of its mining contractor at the Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, is still missing after a fall of ground in one of the operation’s mining stopes. The incident occurred on the morning of May 18 and immediately triggered a search and rescue effort. 

Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo   

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2021 Recent generations have defined the environment as a critical issue for humanity and climate change represents a new and sharper focus that exceeds any single global issue that we have seen in centuries, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani has told the Bank of America Securities Global Metals,... 

Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo
Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI   

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2021 A strong call for unemployed geology graduates to be contracted to capture historic exploration data electronically has been made by Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) principal geology consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly Ntshangase also called on South... 

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI
LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele Ntshangase interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Hydrogen providing PGM opportunity similar to 90s emissions boost – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2021 The advent of the hydrogen economy is providing an opportunity for platinum group metals (PGMs) similar what occurred in the 1990s when the PGM market faced a structural boost driven by stringent emissions regulations, Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart said on Tuesday. Particularly for the... 

Hydrogen providing PGM opportunity similar to 90s emissions boost – Sibanye-Stillwater
Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart

Mining industry had the biggest influence on GDP decline with onslaught of Covid-19 – Mantashe 

By: Donna Slater     18th May 2021 Disruptions brought about by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa early last year resulted in the mining industry being the largest contributor to economic decline with its negative growth of 21.5%, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on May 18. Presenting his... 

Asian demand for South African export coal remains strong – Seriti 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2021 Seriti Resources, which will take over South African Energy Coal (SAEC) from South32 on June 1, is particularly excited about the opportunity as the Seriti group to start now exporting coal in addition to continuing to support coal flows into Eskom. “We note that Asian demand for South African... 

Asian demand for South African export coal remains strong – Seriti
Doug Gain

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 New technologies are transforming the mining and metals industry, making it cleaner and safer, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is progressing an 'innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles' initiative. The initiative brings together 28 of the world’s leading mining... 

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM
An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.

Mineworker succumbs after fall of ground at Marula

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2021 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has advised of a fatality at Impala Platinum’s Marula mine, in Limpopo, following a fall-of-ground incident on May 13. The union reports that the mineworker was busy in the panel in the early hours of the morning when the fall of... 

Balancing technology advancements can help industry thrive

By: Nadine Ramdass     14th May 2021 Stakeholders need to balance the multiple impacts of technological advancements in the mining industry to enable the industry and its employees to thrive, says engineering consulting company Zutari technical director Pieter Scholtz. There are many advantages to such technological advancements,... 

Balancing technology advancements can help industry thrive
Pieter Scholtz Improved technology takes employees out of dangerous situations

Emulsion delivery system a ‘game changer’

14th May 2021 In an expansion project at its Chambishi mine in Zambia, metal company Non-Ferrous China Africa (NFCA) opted to install explosives company AECI Mining Explosives’ emulsion vertical delivery system (EVDS) to further its aim of developing a cost-effective mining operation. Both the emulsion and... 

Emulsion delivery system a ‘game changer’
TAILOR-MADE DELIVERY SYSTEM This integrated EVDS delivers the base emulsion and sensitiser required directly to a storage facility underground.
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